PARI Researcher, Crispian Olver was part of an intervention team dispatched to save the ailing Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth in the municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay.
In this book, How to steal a City: The Battle of Nelson Mandela Bay he sets out the detail of how corruption syndicates operated and of how they held the city government hostage.
How to steal a city is as a gripping story taking the reader deeper and deeper into the rotten heart of the city. As a former senior government official and local government 'fixer,' Olver was no stranger to dealing with dodgy politicians and broken organisations.
He spoke to Eusebius McKaiser and says it is a sad fact that the African National Congress (ANC) has really become increasingly characterised by factions.
Since Polokwane conference, there was a huge faction divide running into that conference. And I have been trying to grapple with this problem of why?— Crispian Olver, PARI Researcher and Author
Because these factions take their conflicts so seriously that they see the danger of the other faction inside the same organisation, as greater than any external threat.— Crispian Olver, PARI Researcher and Author
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